Burglar stuck in chimney dies after homeowner lights fire

A burglar attempting to break into a California home by entering through the chimney, has died after the homeowner lit a fire without realising the intruder was inside.

According to local media, the man climbed into the chimney during the night while the owner was away and became stuck.

On Saturday afternoon the owner returned home and lit a fire in his fireplace but then heard a man yelling inside.


He tried to extinguish the blaze, however the intruder, identified as Cody Caldwell, aged 19, died at the scene.